A redesign is almost always a good thing for buyers who
happen to be interested in a model for a particular year.
It is a time when manufacturers really upgrade major aspects
of a vehicle, from performance and comfort all the way to
safety and security.
That's exactly what happens with the 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
There are new engines, new 4WD systems, a revised interior,
an upgraded exterior appearance, more safety equipment and
better handling components. Yes, it is a good time to buy
a Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo is a sole model. The
Limited is covered in a separate review.
The new interior includes a rich two-tone instrument panel,
new door trims and upscale interior finishes. The cargo
area features a new reversible load floor panel that is
carpeted on one side and offers easy-to-clean plastic on
For standard features, the entry-level Laredo gets air
conditioning, an 8-way power driver seat, a center console,
power everything, remote keyless entry, an AM/FM/CD player,
a digital clock and a trip computer.
Topping the options list are a power sunroof, rear-obstacle
detection, satellite radio and an infotainment group. It
includes a DVD player and an in-dash 6-disc CD/MP3 changer
or navigation system.
The new Jeep Grand Cherokee is now quieter than ever. The
hood, air dam and exterior mirrors were developed in a wind
tunnel to minimize wind noise and improve aerodynamics.
The entire range of performance has been upgraded for 2005.
The new features include: three new full-time four-wheel
drive systems, two new engines, two new transfer cases,
an all-new suspension, rack and pinion steering for the
first time and an all-new five-speed automatic transmission.
The new standard powertrain is a 3.7-liter V6 engine that
produces 210 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 235 lb-ft of torque
at 4000 rpm.
Optional this year is a 4.7-liter V6 engine. It adds a
big dose of muscle in the form of 230 horsepower at 4700
rpm and 290 lb-ft of torque at 3700 rpm.
2005 Jeep Grand Cherokees can be purchased with rear-wheel
drive or with one of two all-wheel drive systems: Quadra-Trac
or Quadra-Drive. The former employs a new transfer case
and Throttle Anticipate, which takes steps to maximize traction
before tire slippage even occurs. The latter also includes
Safety and Security
Dual front airbags and antilock 4-wheel disc brakes are
standard. Curtain side airbags and an antiskid system (AWD
models) are optional.